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Four Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Wood Shake Roof

by Clinton Stone

If you want to have a unique and attractive look for the roof on your home, wood shakes can be a great choice. They can also last for decades with the right care and maintenance. You will want to do things like clean your shakes regularly and apply a stain as needed to ensure that your wood shakes last as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you get the most life out of your shake roof:

1. Keep Your Shakes Free Of Tree Debris

For real wood shakes, trees can be a major problem. Debris from trees can cause dirt and grime to get between the shakes, which can lead to problems with rot. Shade from trees can also contribute to problems with moss on shake roofs. To prevent these problems, clean any debris from trees regularly. In addition, keep tree canopies trimmed to allow sunlight through and prevent fungus growth.

2. Regular Cleaning To Remove Grime

Even if you keep tree debris off your roof or do not have trees, grime can build up in the shakes. To prevent rot and wear of your shake roof, clean it regularly to keep grime out of the cracks of your roof. You can do the light cleaning on your roof with a mild detergent solution and garden hose. To scrub the grime out of the shakes, use a push broom to scrub the roof before rinsing it with a garden hose.

3. Get Stains Out By Occasionally Pressure Washing

Overtime, your shakes may become discolored and have dirt deep in the grains of the wood. To keep your shake roof looking like new, and remove any stains that have accumulated over the years, pressure washing can make it look like new again. This is something that you may want to do every few years and before applying a new coat of sealant.

4. Give Shakes A Protective Coat With Sealants

If you have natural wood shakes, a coat of sealant can be applied to keep them protected from the elements. This is something that can be done with paint rollers and an oil based sealant. If you want your roof to have the natural wood color, use a clear sealant to protect the shakes. This is something that you will want to do every few years.

These are some tips to help you get the most life out of your shake roof. If you are ready to have new shakes installed on your home or need help with maintenance and repairs, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about what else can be done to get the most life out of shake roofs. To learn more, contact a company like Roofs by Rodger